French and English knowledge for candidates from the Regular Skilled Worker Program
Evaluation of French and English knowledge
All new candidates in the Regular Skilled Worker Program who wish to obtain points in the selection grid for their knowledge of French (principal applicant: 16 points for oral and written knowledge; spouse: maximum of 6 points) and English (principal applicant only: maximum of 6 points for oral and written) must present attestations of results of evaluation tests or diplomas recognized by the Ministère. Children accompanying their parents are exempt from this new requirement.
The results of the language knowledge tests and diplomas recognized by the Ministère are therefore the only language knowledge evaluation tool for French and English used for immigration candidates. In addition to optimizing the Ministère’s selection practices, standardized tests and diplomas recognized by the Ministère ensure that the evaluation of candidates for their French and English knowledge is accurate, consistent and fair. The results must date from less than two years from the date of submission of the application.
Candidates who do not wish to use the points awarded for knowledge of French or English or both must indicate this in their application for a Certificat de sélection du Québec by marking the appropriate box on the form.
To be able to submit it, a test (oral or written) must always include the evaluation of comprehension and expression.
Evaluation of French knowledge
The following tests and diplomas are recognized by the Ministère:
Points on the selection grid are awarded according to the results obtained by the candidate in oral comprehension, oral production, written comprehension and written production and that are indicated on the attestations of standardized test results or, if applicable, on the reverse side of the DELF or DALF diploma. Only supporting documentation issued by organizations that offer these tests (Centre international d’études pédagogiques, Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Paris-Île de France) are recognized by the Ministère.
An up-to-date list of all accredited TEF, TEFAQ, TEF Canada, TCF, TCFQ, DELF and DALF centres can be consulted on the the Internet sites of the Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Paris Īle-de-France and the Centre international d'études pédagogiques (Centres d'examen DELF - DALF and Centres de passation du TCF pour le Québec).
Evaluation of English knowledge
Candidates in the Regular Skilled Worker Program (principal applicants only) who wish to obtain points for their knowledge of English must submit the results of an English evaluation test recognized by the Ministère, namely the IELTS (International English Language Testing System).
An up-to-date list of centres certified by the IELTS is available on the International English Language Testing System Internet site.
Awarding of points
For the evaluation of French knowledge, level 7 (advanced intermediate) of the Échelle québécoise des niveaux de compétence en français des personnes immigrantes adultes or its equivalent (level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) is the minimum threshold from which points are awarded.
The principal applicant can obtain a maximum of 16 points for knowledge of oral and written French, including 7 points for oral comprehension, 7 points for oral production, 1 point for written comprehension and 1 point for written production.
The spouse of a candidate can obtain a maximum of 6 points for oral French knowledge, including 3 points for oral comprehension and 3 points for oral production.
For the evaluation of English knowledge, level 5 (intermediate) of the Canadian Language Benchmarks or its equivalent is the minimum threshold from which points are awarded.
The principal applicant can obtain a maximum of 6 points for knowledge of oral and written English, including 2 points for oral comprehension, 2 points for oral production, 1 point for written comprehension and 1 point for written production.
IMPORTANT: To prove knowledge of French and English, candidates in the Regular Skilled Worker Program must provide the results of a recognized test or diploma even if their mother tongue is French or English.